Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Road blocks

I am devoted planner type of girl.  I have a planner that I keep up with our busy schedule and we live by this planner.  As a youth leader I am already planning our summer activities.  But due to an unexpected broken ankle, I have not looked at my planner in a week as everything is cancelled for now and life has stopped.  I have hit a big road block!

Last weekend on an amazing youth retreat with our youth, I tripped while hiking in Townsend Tennessee.  We were five steps into the hike and I went down.  I had to have surgery the same day and it took  11 screws to fix it.  I am now home and am trying so hard to learn how to be still.

I did sneak out of town for 24 hours with some dear jesus girls to see Beth Moore.  I was DETERMINED to make this trip since we have been planning it for months.  I have even had a counter on my phone counting down the days until we go.  I loaded up with my scooter and wheelchair and off we went. 

The opening worship set I bawled.  I could not have stopped the tears if I had to.  The last time I went to a Beth Moore worship event I was pregnant with David.  I had NO IDEA what was to come in our family's life with his Down Syndrome diagnosis, move to Marion, Mike's crazy job and schedule during the superintendent years, David's cancer, and broken bones, and just life.  Through it all, God has been so incredibly faithful.  He has provided peace to us when our hearts were breaking, he has provided for our physical needs, and given us joy throughout the hard times.  I know that I am out there with my faith but how can I not share how God has provided for us and revealed his glory over and over again?!

While we were sitting in the hospital waiting for my surgery, the other chaperones sent me this picture from our retreat. My heart was broken in a million pieces.  Our spring retreat has become one of my favorite events we do because it is teaching kids how to have relaxing and quiet time with God.  The hike was the only thing we had planned outside of the retreat center. 

I did a Friday night devotional around the campfire to kick off our weekend theme of Be Different based on Romans 12:2.  I had made worksheets for the kids to study scripture and had planned a Saturday night worship plus tons of games and fun.  Because of our awesome chaperones some of it still got to happen but I missed it all.  But after Mike took me to ER and waited on me during surgery I insisted that he go back to the retreat center and proceed with his devotion for the kids and lead the prayer stations.  Despite being so sad over missing it, my heart was so full knowing that Mike was back there pointing kids to Christ.  I am forever grateful that he has embraced my youth job and has rolled up his sleeves to partner with me in this ministry. 

This is the ferocious ledge that I fell off on.  One of these days it will be funny but not yet.  It is also fitting that if you change the El on the end of Laurel to an A it would say Laura Falls.  Yep, that is exactly what happened. 

I am not going to lie, this injury has been so darn hard.  I am not used to sitting and being still.  I am not used to asking for help.  I am not used to this much down time.  But if I believe Jeremiah 29:11 that God has plans for us and they are good to help us prosper and not to harm us, then I will rest.  I am using this time to complete Beth Moore's Entrusted bible study based on Paul and 2 Timothy. 

So I am using my road block to rest and to study God's word.  Road blocks are part of life and I am trying so hard to be still and know He is God.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Hoops, Heels and hearts

This season has certainly been full of hearts, heels (one night only) and hoops in our family lately.  Basketball season keeps us incredibly busy but we love every moment of it.  We are a crazy basketball family for sure!  

My one night of high heels came for the hospital gala last weekend.  Being a preschool teacher, youth leader and attending a contemporary church means this gal does not wear heels often.  We did have a great night supporting our local hospital raising money for youth programs in our area.  Mike is on the hospital board now and loves it.  Leadership and vision are two spiritual gifts that God certainly blessed Mike Robinson with.  I posted about this earlier on facebook, but I recently hit the 30 pound weight loss mark this past week!  It has been a slow and steady better me project but I am excited to feel better and have more energy.  It was also fun to buy more jeans at Resurrection so I would not have to keep pulling mine up!
All three of our kiddos played basketball this past season.  Kyle was on the varsity team and had a great season.  He was the only under classmen pulled up this year and not only were the guys great to him but he learned and got better.
This kid is blessed with great coaches in his life. God has certainly put many great coaches and guys in his life to help him get better.  We are sad the high school season is over, but we look forward to trying out for another season of spring and summer travel.  Kyle is already hitting the weight room and gym to get ready for next season.  

I have not blogged since Resurrection and I am still not ready to put into words what an AMAZING weekend we had at #rez18 with 90 folks from our church.  90 people.  It was incredible.  Our entire family got to experience this mountaintop experience in Pigeon Forge together.  We are all works in progress and this was one of our best Resurrections ever.  The preacher, band, and our chaperones were amazing.  So thankful.  I never ever would have chosen youth ministry but my word what a blessing these teenagers are to me every single day.  I have battled flu, asthma and a secondary ear infection this past week and some of our youth girls sent me this.  Youth ministry is one of those blessings from God I never would have asked for.  He always knows best.

I know that many talk down about the next generation, but Mike and I would disagree.  God is raising up a mighty generation of church leaders and worship leaders.  We get to see it working so closely with the youth.  Since Resurrection, we have had a Sunday night bible study.  I chose Beth Moore's The Quest for our teen girls to do.  The first night I had 17 young ladies show up with $12 to buy their book and to dig into God's word.  I am blessed by their diligence and hard work.  If you have done a Beth Moore bible study you will know that her studies are amazing but come with about 30-45 minutes of homework (for five days) between sessions.  Despite these girls having busy lives with cheer, sports and school they are doing it.

I have spent my flu week laying in bed resting and planning our youth spring retreat coming up in March.  Mike will do the Saturday night devotion based on Romans 12:2 and our theme for the weekend will be Be Different.  I cannot wait.  There is nothing like spending a weekend with God, my family, and our youth.  We are also already working hard on our summer mission trip.

The amazing Sarah captured many pics of my boys on the court this season.  This picture makes me laugh so hard because here is manager Dave checking out their competition during warm-ups.  He loved every moment of being the manager for the middle school team.  It was so great for him and we are so thankful for his coaches for welcoming him into their basketball family.
My gorgeous, not so quiet, and jesus-loving roommates from Resurrection.  Not sure why this picture is crooked but my word these girls make me laugh.

Our little baller girl has loved every moment of her AAU season.  It has been hard to find true third grade tournaments and we have not gotten to play as much as we had hoped.   She loves watching and playing basketball just like her brothers and I love to watch her facial expressions as she plays.  This girl may not be the fastest on the court but she already has a high basketball IQ and wants to win.

Thanks for checking in our family!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thanks 2017

The year 2017 has been good to us.  I always love to spend the afternoon of New Years Eve looking back over the year thanking God for how good He has been to us and remembering all the fun times we have had as a family.

Dave was blessed with the opportunity to be apart of the NCAA ring ceremony at Virginia Tech back in October. We were so touched that Coach Buzz asked Dave to be apart of the ceremony and that Dave was the one to give Coach Buzz his ring!!  What a special night.
Another special night this fall was attending the ceremony where Pops received the VHSL merit award for 50 years of clock keeping for RHS football.
In 2017 this dude was labeled a cancer survivor when his five year scan came back clean!!!!!!!!!!!!!  To God be the glory for all that He has done in Dave's life.  We love our UVA team and count them as one of our biggest blessings.
Our summer mission trip to Charleston with our youth group was a huge blessing to all of us!!  All five Robinsons went on this adventure that strengthened our faith, ,made us appreciate the lower humidity of living in the mountains, and blessed us all.  We made some great memories.
Basketball has been a huge part of our life in 2017.  Between Kyle's school ball, Kyle's travel team, Hope's AAU team, Dave's AAU team, and Dave being manager for his school team, our family has spent many many many hours in a gym.  We love every moment of it! This picture was taken of Kyle with his Xplosion team after they won the Myrtle Beach tournament in July.
We loaded up our youth on the buses from Charleston and sent them back to Virginia as we headed to Myrtle Beach for basketball and for vacation. Pops and GG met us there and lots of sweet memories were made at the beach this past summer.  We realized Pops is a whiz at the grocery store self-checkout!  Ha!
One of the biggest blessings this past summer was our first ever garden.  If you follow me on any social media you may have seen a picture or two of our garden-we were SO excited and proud of our first ever organic garden.  We were in the homegrown program through Sprouting Hope our local community garden.  We were given tools, materials, knowledge and support to get us through our first garden.  We also went a little crazy and learned how to can and we have enough salsa, pizza sauce, and spaghetti sauce to feed a third world country.  It is so satisfying to feed your family organic veggies that you grew (and photographed incessantly!!) Ha!
Do you see the ongoing basketball theme of 2017?  Kyle went to Virginia Tech basketball camp because he adores Coach Buzz and he also went to Point Guard College to learn leadership and basketball IQ.  We missed him but we knew he was doing what he loves!
Many hikes were accomplished in 2017!!  This picture is a sunset hike to Molly's Knob we did with our youth.  In 2017 Mike and I both worked hard to get in shape and I even lost about 24 pounds this past fall.  I have some great workout buddies who even encouraged me to do a 5K back at Thanksgiving and Mike plays tennis and racquetball often to stay in shape.
More basketball..... Kyle's school coach kept the players very busy over the summer with multiple team camps and a summer league.  It was a great experience for Kyle to play varsity this past summer to get ready for this season.  Good thing all five of us love being in a gym because we are there a lot!
With Kyle's travel team, we traveled a lot to tournaments.  Here are Kyle and Hope downtown Charlotte.  We also went to Richmond, Greensboro, Knoxville, Boone, Myrtle Beach, and Chicago with this team. This team was a God thing for Kyle as it literally fell in his lap.  We had a blast traveling and seeing the sights as a family.
Kyle had a great freshmen season playing #2 for the school tennis team.  We had fun cheering him on quietly:)
Have we mentioned how much we loved our garden?? We joked that Kyle doesn't like manual labor or veggies so the garden was a stretch for him but he did help!
More basketball.....Kyle has been blessed with many good quality coaches and men in his life to teach him about life and basketball.  We are so fortunate for all of them.  Speaking of coaches, Mike is the coach of Hope's AAU team and that is hilarious to watch!  Mike is loving coaching AAU again but he has had to learn in 2017 that sometimes fixing hair  and wiping tears is part of the coach's job on the sideline with his cute little girl team.
It is only fitting that a picture of me doing basketball laundry in some random hotel sink would sum up our 2017.

2017 was a wonderful year for us because of our good health and blessings.  We got to attend Resurrection, Spring youth retreat weekend and a mission trip as a family to strengthen our faith.  We look ahead to 2018 knowing that God will be there and has a plan for all of us!  May we stay faithful to him in 2018 and enjoy the blessings of every day!